Last night I attended a concert at the newly refurbished Old Fruit Market in Glasgow featuring Drake Music Scotland, Antonine Court and The Royal Scottish National Orchestra Big Band in a performance of Swinging 'round Broadway. A musical journey from contemporary New York to 1930s Hollywood, from the Windy City all the way to Miami Beach.
The music for the show was created by the Antonine Players in collaboration with Musician in Residence Pete Sparkes. The Antonine Court Centre's function is to create a community based resource for people with disabilities in the Drumchapel area of Glasgow, very close to where I grew up.
As has already been mentioned in the forum the Drake Music Project creates opportunities for people with disabilities to make music and the concert showcased the use of Soundbeam featuring Garritan Jazz & Big Band utilising sax and flute sounds for solos performed throughout the concert. The beams were programmed at a length of 1m with a series of pitches which are played
by moving a hand up and down within the range of the beam. It was a real thrill to hear Gary's JABB samples played live with a real big band.
The concert also merited a news report on the main Scottish BBC news programme on TV. There was a link to the video on the BBC website but it has since been replaced, shame.
I enjoyed the concert immensley as did the rest of the audience judging by the response.
Well done to all involved for an excellent evening!